Sacred places for skeptics

December 4, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

Two days ago I traveled to Mount Vernon, Illinois to argue a case before the 5th District Illinois Court of Appeals. I’ve argued cases there before, and it’s always seemed like a special place to argue a case.

Court of Appeals - Mount Vernon, Illinois

Why? Because the main courtroom has been around for quite awhile. Long enough that Abraham Lincoln argued a case there. Therefore, when I’m arguing a case in that courtroom, I’m standing where Abraham Lincoln once stood to argue his case.

It’s an ineffable feeling. Perhaps it’s akin to the feeling that I’m in a sacred place. And yes, skeptics have sacred places.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Jim Razinha says:

    Awesome, dude! I know I have sacred places…I'll have to think about them because I normally don't think about them.

    Related, but only because of its nature, the Lincoln Memorial is one of those for me.

  2. Pete Vander Meulen says:

    The religious would be skeptical that sacred places exist for the secular, no? That means they have become skeptics as well and are then assured that all places considered sacred by the skeptical are therefore sacred to them. Sacreligious, I say.

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